Robert Plant Dismisses Future Led Zeppelin Reunions as a 'Pain'

Robert Plant discusses the future of Led Zeppelin and any possible reunion concerts in the new issue of Rolling Stone that dropped Thursday, but the news isn't good.

"I've gone so far somewhere else that I almost can't relate to it...It's a bit of a pain in the pisser to be honest," the 62-year-old singer says about the notion of stepping back into his role as frontman of one of music's preeminent hard rock bands. Plant, who continues to enjoy a successful solo career going on over 30 years, reveals that his 2007 benefit reunion show at London's 02 Arena with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and late drummer Jon Bonham's son Jason Bonham was likely the last time audiences will ever see Led Zeppelin perform together.

"Who cares? I know people care, but think about it from my angle -- soon, I'm going to need help crossing the street," he added.

The passing of time seems to be Plant's primary reason for deciding to abandon any lingering possibility of any more reunions. He laments to Rolling Stone about his disregard of bands that continue to tour with classic hits without offering anything new in the way of original music.

"There's nothing worse than a bunch of jaded old farts, and that's a fact," Plant said. "People who have written their story -- they've gotten to the point where nothing moves. I don't deal in that, and I don't deal with anybody who deals in that."

From: HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM
Robert Plant Producer Pat Moran Dies
The man who twiddled the knobs of Robert Plant's first two solo albums has died. Pat Moran Engineered Plant's first post-Zeppelin work, Pictures At Eleven, and is listed as a mixing credit along with Plant.

On Plant's second album, The Principle Of Moments, Moran again engineered, as well as co-produced and co-mixed with Plant and former Zeppelin tour manager Benji Lefevre.

Moran, who also worked on Lou Gramm's Ready Or Not, Big Country's No Place Like Home, Iggy Pop's Soldier and others, had been suffering a ten year illness.

No word on when, where or exact cause of death was for Pat Moran, one of the key cogs in Robert Plant,s transition from Led Zeppelin.

From: BRIANGARDINER.CA
Robert Plant Feels 'Naughty' Defying Florida Gig Ban
Robert Plant feels like a "naughty boy" whenever he performs in Florida - because he was once banned "for life" from playing in Tampa after a Led Zeppel;in show went awry.

The singer took to the stage at Tampa Stadium with the legendary band back onJune 03, 1977, but the gig was called off half-way through after heavy rain lashed the venue. The crowd became agitated, forcing police to move in to keep the peace - and Plant claims officials told the band to never return to the city.

Plant has since played in the state as a solo artist, but admits he feels like he is breaking the rules everytime he steps on stage there.

He says, "I feel like a naughty, naughty boy. I was banned from there for life. It was a Zeppelin concert and the weather turned. In those days, there was nothing to stop electrocution from water and power. So we had to stop the show, the crowd got restless and the police moved in.

"The authorities decided it was our fault and that would be the end of it. But I can creep in on my own now, under cover."

From: CONTACTMUSIC.COM
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant will likely record a follow-up to their five-time Grammy Award winning 2007 album Raising Sand, but don't expect that to happen right away. Although fans have clamored for a second album from the duo, Robert says that a 2009 session with Alison didn't produce the music they hope to release, according to an article in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

"The sound just wasn't there," Robert says. "Alison is the best. She's one of my favorite people. We'll come back to it."

For now, though, Robert is concentrating on his newly reunited Band of Joy. The revived Band of Joy group -- which Robert formed as an experimental blues band in the 1960s -- now includes singer Patty Griffin, multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, guitarist and co-producer Buddy Miller, drummer Marco Giovino and bassist Byron House.

Upcoming concerts for the group include an appearance at the 38th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 16-19, in Telluride, Colo., where Band of Joy will join a lineup including Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, the Decemberists and Jerry Douglas.

Robert credits his somewhat recent love for country to the 2001 documentary 'Down from the Mountain,' that features live performances by bluegrass artists.

"When I was a kid, I didn't know about the great country singers," Robert says with an embarrassed shrug. "I knew about Leroy Van Dyke, Skeeter Davis and Jim Reeves, but there was no access to the real stuff like the Stanley Brothers. I didn't know about that until 'Down from the Mountain,' and I'd been in America then for 35 years. How amazing is that?"

Robert Plant and Band of Joy are on tour. Their next scheduled concert is January 18 in Asheville, N.C. For a complete list of dates and venues, check here.

From: THEBOOT.COM
Jason Bonham recently finished his "Led Zeppelin Experience" tour, and performed a couple of UK shows with Black Country Communion.

Bonham was asked recently about his plans and an update on Zeppelin; he says there's nothing being discussed, and goes on to describe the 2007 reunion show in London as "life-changing...a moment that I wanted for a long, long time."

Bonham shared his thoughts on this, and more, with Artisan News Service.

Jason Bonham feature and interview
Artisan News Service – January 10, 2011




From: HENNEMUSIC.COM
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January 09, 1944 - James Patrick Page was born in Heston, Middlesex
January 03, 1946 - John Baldwin was born in Sidcup, Kent
January 02, 1946 - Led Zeppelin Tour Manager Richard Cole was born in Kensal Rise, London, England
January 05, 1967 - Jimmy Page begins recording Little Games with The Yardbirds at De Lane Lea Studios in London.
January 17, 1969 - Led Zeppelin released in the US
January xx, 1970 - Led Zeppelin now play without support acts in order to perform longer sets
January 09, 1970 - Royal Albert Hall gig filmed and recorded for documentary that is eventually scraped. (But was recalled for 2003’s DVD)
January xx, 1971 - Recording continues at Headley Grange
January xx, 1972 - Page has a studio built into his home
January 02, 1973 - Plant’s car breaks down and Bonham and he barely make the Sheffield City Hall gig
January 22, 1973 - Led Zeppelin record a live gig at Southampton University
January xx, 1974 - Recording Physical Graffiti at Headley Grange
January xx, 1974 - The band resigns with Atlantic and forms their own label
January 03, 1975 - Jimmy breaks a finger at Victoria Station just a week before the European warm up shows
January 17, 1975 - The band rehearses in Minneapolis for the upcoming US tour. Bootleg "Johnny Kidd And The Pirates" evolves out of this rehearsal
January xx, 1976 - Jimmy contemplates the release of The Song Remains The Same film but, continues work on the soundtrack
January 01, 1976 - In Paris, Robert takes his first unaided steps since his car accident
January xx, 1977 - Rehearsals for US tour take place at Manticore Studios in Fulham
January 24, 1977 - Bonham and Plant watch The Damned perform at the Roxy in London
January xx, 1978 - Media still claims Led Zeppelin have broke up
January 21, 1979 - Robert Plant is now proud father to son Logan Romero
January xx, 1980 - Zeppelin donate Candy Store Rock to a benefit album to benefit children
January 31, 1995 - Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he knifed instead. After his arrest, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing.
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